Island Hopping on The West Coast of Scotland

Staying at the Menzies Hotel

This tour runs in conjunction with the Fred Olsen Scottish Highlands & Islands Cruise

6 DAYS | 26th May 2017

Ayreshire – The Land of Robert Burns – where the Gulf streams’ warm current brings with it the blessing of a mild climate. Inland are lofty hills cut by rivers flowing through wooded valleys and the coast is dotted with holiday resorts set among rocky coves and sandy beaches, giving easy access to the islands lying just off the coast.

Our base for the tour is the historic town of Irvine and the Menzies Hotel. The hotel is situated on the outskirts of Irvine surrounded by a golf course. There is a sumptuous cocktail bar, a stylish restaurant and a spacious lounge bar. The fresh and airy bedrooms feature tea & coffee facilities, en suite bathrooms and TVs.

Friday

We depart Macclesfield in the morning calling for coffee en-route to the amazing Glasgow Riverside Museum of travel and transport. We will have ample time to browse all the exhibitions and have lunch. Mid-afternoon we re-board the coach and then continue down the coast to Irvine and our hotel.

Saturday

This morning we take the short journey to Ardrossan for our ferry crossing to the Isle of Arran. A typical Scottish island; with an everchanging coastline, dramatic mountain peaks, sheltered beaches, verdant forests, great cultural festivals and a wealth of tasty local produce. We have a scenic tour of the island calling for lunch as we go.

Sunday

After a leisurely breakfast we spend the morning at Dalgarven and the Museum of Country Life and Costume. We then head past Camphill Reservoir to the seaside town of Largs with free time for lunch before catching the ferry across to the island of Cumbrae. Once on the island we drive down to Millport the ‘capital’ of Cumbrae with its attractive hilly bay and pretty seafront promenade, perfect for a gentle afternoon stroll.

Monday

Today we venture south to Alloway and the Robbie Burns Birthplace Museum. The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, gardens and the world’s most important collection of his work. There will be time for lunch before we return to Irvine via the Electric Brae, The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Tuesday

Today we venture to the Isle of Bute lying just a short boat trip from Wemyss Bay to the historic resort of Rothesay, with its palm trees and promenade. Enjoy Bute’s extraordinarily varied landscapes. From the lush, fertile and rolling hills of the island’s heart to the craggy, heather-covered moorlands of the north. We have free time for lunch in Rothsay followed by a tour of the island.

Wednesday

After breakfast we head south calling coffee and lunch en-route. We aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel, 5 nights dinner bed and breakfast, ferry crossing to the Isles of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ent to Dalgarven Museum and Robbie Burns Museum.
£536.00 per person sharing twin/double
£50.00 single room supplement
£28.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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